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Dr. Harleen Quinzel has a theory: mental illness is a survival mechanism. As she seeks to help the broken souls of Gotham City piece together their sanity she will become the one thing she fears the most: one of them. A bold new retelling of the tragic origin of Harley Quinn told through the eyes of the only person who knows her better than anyone: Harleen.

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Published February 11th 2020 by DC Black Label
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Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a huge Harley Quinn fan. I like her well enough as a character, but I usually cringe when someone who doesn't read comics tells me that she's their favorite, because they're usually just some ding-dong who wants an excuse to wear booty shorts and pigtails as a Halloween costume.
Nope, I picked this up because I saw the name Stjepan Šejić.
His art is beyond phenomenal, so it wouldn't have mattered who the hell this was about, I would have immediately grabbed it.


I knew this was going to
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I feel sorry for Harley but this book is fanfreakingtastic and the joker was hot 🤣😂

And the art is amaze balls!! I recommend owning the hardback!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Holy. Shit.

Sorry, I try not to curse in much in reviews, but I really don't know how else to respond to this. Stjepan Sejic has created not only one of the best comics I've ever read set in the DC universe, but one of the best psychological takes on the characters.

This won't be a review. I can't review this. I can only gush over it.

Harleen is a retelling of Harley Quinn's origin story. It is printed under DC's Black Label line (essentially an R rated line that can use more
Sam Quixote
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Harley was an accident - a happy accident, it turned out, but an accident nonetheless. Back in the early 90s in Batman: The Animated Series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm introduced a female goon as part of Jokers entourage who had no name. And then the fans began asking questions like Is she the Jokers girlfriend? so Dini came up with a cutesy name - she was Harley Quinn, like a harlequin - and yes, she was the Jokers girlfriend. But then people wanted to know more and so Dini came up with the best ...more
Happy Valentines Day, Puddin'!

"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. On that road I saw a pale man... and he smiled at me."

Thanks to Todd Philips Joker, my obsession with my beloved Mr. J has gotten seriously out of control in late 2019. I even started watching Gotham and fell head over heels for the Valeska twins (because two Jokers are better than one and I love me a ginger with a wicked grin!). So, needless to say, I was waiting for my copy of Harleen to be delivered with bathed
David Schaafsma
I have not yet read any of Stjepan Šejić's Sunstone series, as none of the libraries in my system dared to put it on their shelves. What do I know about it? It's a F/F romance which begins with an assumption that two women can get together for a little BDSM play and just walk away (someone told me that "Sunstone" is the "safe word" they choose in their "play"). Sounds like fun, a little bit naughty? I just ordered the first volume, we'll see.

So I picked up Šejić's Harleen, which is the title of
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much of a fan of superheroes and supervillains to be honest. Yeah, I watched a few Batman and Superman movies as well as the entire Marvel run thus far but after a certain point, enough is enough for me. Especially since there are sooo many different origin stories out there and I prefer one per character.

Anyway, this is another origin story, namely that of Harley Quinn aka Harlequin. She started out as a doctor, a therapist who wanted to help Gotham's worst criminals.

She ended up being
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such gorgeous art! I mean, seriously, I never would have expected something of this quality out of a Batman (sorry, Harley and Joker) comic. But its true. Not only the artwork is gorgeous, but it is easily the MOST gorgeous aspect of this graphic novel.

The story is quite solid as well. Very solid. It happens to be a very realistic, psychologically sound, origin story of Harley. A quasi-love story.

Well, actually, it IS rather romantic. It only ENDS in a murder. The rest of it is rather sweet and
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of DCU
Then again, in Gotham City, crazy certainly seems to be contagious.

This was an amazing take on Harleen Quinzels descent into madness. The story didnt shy away from psychological discussions, having a nuanced view that was focusing on morality, change, mental instability and manipulation. What I loved most about this story was how believable everyones behaviour was. From the villains, to the psychiatrist, to the cops, we follow the story of characters who have had enough, and they all react
L. McCoy
Holy fuck! Yep, I actually ended up giving a Harley Quinn series a 5-star rating!

Whats it about?
Dr. Harleen Quinnzel has issues. The scientific community looks down on her, she has low self esteem and even PTSD after nearly being killed by Joker. She thinks things are getting better when she gets funding for some potentially ground breaking mental health research... but to do it she has to deal with her new patients at Arkham and that only makes things worse as she descends into madness.

Why it
Stacy Fetters
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"My storys the one where the girl dances with the devil, and he takes her with him on a long road to hell."

Harley Quinn was always the character that interested me the most. Shes smart and knew exactly what she wanted but she was also this psychotic badass who didnt let anything stop her. Lets not forget about her two lovely side pieces.

Harleen delves deeper into the life of Dr. Quinzel and how she became a Doctor at one of the most intense Asylums in Gotham. She had major plans to see what
Beth The Vampire
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I have been interested in the psychology of the villain.

With the release of the movie Joker, this topic has come to the forefront. Now, this character is a murderous psychopath, his motivations are often unknown, and he has so many backstories its hard to know which one may be real, if any. But the movie doesnt ask you to empathise with the Joker, but simply to understand him and watch his story unfold. What could create such a monster? Is it trauma, society, or something deeper?
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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Love is madness. Untamable, unexpected, uninvited. It whirls into your life and sweeps you off your feet. Blinded by it, driven by it, excused by it, nothing is ever the same. For one Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Love struck her with a mallet and left her with a vision of life that shackled her to a life of criminality. And that with none other than the Joker, a wild and unpredictable psychopath who happens to think thousands of steps ahead of the most
Mel (Epic Reading)
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This 100% my Harley Quinn. The psychological theory, social commentary, and psychosis that is shown in these beautifully drawn large format comics is superb. I love every panel, page, and word.
As a huge Harley fan I love the progressions her character gets to make over the years. This is Harley before Quinn. This is a girl trying to help and make a difference. And shes expertly manipulated by a sexy, sexy stark white man with green hair. I dunno who decided to give the young Joker an amazing
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"My story's the one where the girl dances with the devil, and he takes her with him on a long road to hell."

I'm pretty sure Harleen is going to end up being one of my favorite books of 2020. Harley is my favorite character, and while I was excited for this book, I did wonder if there was more to add to her origin story. Stjepan Sejic does an amazing job at giving her character and story more layers than most writers do, and I really appreciated it. This is the book that Harley deserves. I loved
Courtney ♡ librarycutie
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
im not much of a dc comic fan, maybe because i havent found the right character or series to start with, but WOW this was amazing! my husband recently bought it and was super excited to read it and i wanted to read something light, so i picked it up. and it makes me really interested in Harley Quinns story now! like, i want to read all the HQ comics! this was basically her origin story, how Harleen Quinzel became Harley Quinn, and it was fantastic! the art was also stunning, like the joker was ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
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Messed. Up. Poor Harley. Poor, poor Harley. 5, violent and depressing, stars.
Quentin Wallace
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This surpassed all of my expectations and is by far the best series of the DC Black Label imprint up to this point. This did for Harley Quinn what the Joker movie did for the Joker, which is basically give us a definitive origin story. Of course the movie isn't really "in continuity", and I'm not sure where this stands in DC continuity either, but to me this was the definitive origin.

We see Harley Quinn when she first goes to Arkham Asylum in an attempt to "save" the psychotic criminals there,
That was... intense.






Everything Harley Quinn deserves. Has always deserved.

I can't believe that basic, misogynistic trash like 'The Killing Joke' is a mainstay classic in Batman and Joker graphic novels, when there exists well thought out, vastly and dangerously interesting, powerfully symbolic, intellectual, psychological, disturbing, and mature titles such as 'Harleen' in the same medium. It is early days, grant you, but to myself and many it has already
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Harleen is my first Black Label storyline and I must say, it's incredible. The issue I have with the DC Label and Marvel print is the long investment. It's quite hard jumping onto a long running series that has a long arc or established storylines, you're constantly catching up. The Black Label excites me as it's more isolated and this book is just an incredible storyline that couldn't be done for the teen market. I'm eager to see if there's a follow-up, but DC are doing great things with this
Billy Jepma
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, 2020

I wasnt sure what this mature origin story for Harley Quinn would look like, and was even less sure of its ability to deliver a compelling story that didnt glamorize the kind of violence and tragedy that (should) define it. But...against the odds, Stjepan Šejić really did something great here.

Harleen doesnt *not* glamorize Harleys originŠejićs signature style is inherently sexybut it doesnt shy away from how twisted it is either. Even when Harleen illustrates the Jokers seductive
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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An AMAZING version of Harley Quinn's origin. The text and the illustrations are both top notch, and, better yet, compliment each other wonderfully. There are a lot of pictures of two different faces split and placed side by side to show two different emotions to the same event while there is lots of talk about the divide between sanity and insanity - mostly while Joker and his earnest doctor are on two sides of a piece of bullet proof glass. And Two-Face's origin is mixed in as well, for even ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This retelling of Harley Quinn origin story is amazing. Stjepan was able to create a great psychological, emotional, character driven story. People who grew up in the 90s, like myself, know her origin. Those that don't, I would highly encourage them, to pick this up.

Positive: The thing that's great about book, is that explores the character who she was, and her inevitable outcome. A very shy, awkward, and successful Dr Quinzel. Her encounter with the Joker, and how it blossomed into a forbidden
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, so this is something special. You can just feel it as the story goes on, and the illustrations become more and more stunning, and the story just continues to get better and better. This is the origin story that I have a feeling a lot of Harley fans have been waiting for. I know I have. And I'm now anxiously awaiting the next book to arrive. If you are a fan of Harley Quinn, you definitely need to read this one ASAP.
CF Dracarys
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite take on the Joker and Harley Quinn and my favorite graphic novel. The psychology of it! The ART! ITS SO BEAUTIFULLY DONE. I need Margot Robbie to make a origin Harley Quinn story based off this. And I pray that Stjepan blesses me with me more issues of Harleen. FLAWLESS
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
Okay, so I originally left a placeholder here (see below) for a longer review, but I realize now that, aside from shameless fangirling, I only had one major thing to add, which was this panel:

Tell me that's not the most breathtaking thing you've seen today. Go on, I'll wait.

HARLEEN is veritably stuffed full of panels and splashes like this one. Dr. Quinzel's shadow is used to excellent effect more than once, and there are countless other little details left all over the place for fans to sink
Ryan Stewart
OK, please give Stjepan Sejic more Black Label books.... like, yesterday. I love pretty much everything about this book. The art is absolutely incredible and the way Sejic is able to convey emotions and thoughts through facial expressions and body language is VERY hard to do in comics, and he just did it better than I think I've ever seen. The dialogue isn't perfect, but it's very good, and I appreciate how long this book takes to get where it's going; it feels more earned and believable by the ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Harleen by Stjepan Sejic is the latest in the line of Black Label comics from DC, following on the heels of Batman: Damned and Superman: Year One, and for the most part I have been underwhelmed by the Black Label line. But with Harleen they seemed to have upped their game quite a bit.

Harleen Quinzell is trying to figure out what to do with her life when she has the thought that what she really likes to do, and seems to be quite good at it, is listen to her friends problems. So she embarks on
Taylor Madden
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing, and you guessed it....amazing!

Between the beautiful writing and artwork, I had to force myself to space out my reading because I didnt want it to end. Quality-wise, Id say its toe-to-toe with Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass with its slightly different take on a classic origin story. As a huge Harley Quinn fan, I loved getting to spend more time with Harleen Quinzel, since we only get small peeps of her in the comic books.

Reading through Harleens slow descent into madness was
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Stjepan Šejić is a Croatian comic book writer and artist, known for his work on the series Witchblade, Aphrodite IX, Sunstone, and The Darkness among others.

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